Bundy side could compete at Coast
A BUNDABERG representative team could compete in the Sunshine Coast Rugby Union under a proposal put to Bundaberg District Rugby Union (BDRU) this year.
BDRU and Sunshine Coast Rugby Union (SCRU) have been in discussions about strengthening the relationship between the two organisations, BDRU secretary Bruce Cairns said yesterday.
Under a proposal currently being negotiated between the two organisations, teams from the Sunshine Coast competition would come to Bundaberg next year to play against a local representative side.
“We have sent a letter to Sunshine Coast Rugby Union about that proposal but we have not heard back yet,” Cairns said yesterday.
The idea has been floating around since the end of the BDRU winter competition when Wide Bay Rugby Union development officer Andrew Beattie made the proposal to Bundaberg officials.
Cairns said the BDRU supported a move to have Bundaberg representatives playing against Sunshine Coast teams as a way to boost the standard of play in the competition and a pathway to representative rugby.
But Cairns said there was hesitation towards a move that would lock a Bundaberg representative team into the Sunshine Coast Rugby Union premiership in the future.
“At this stage it would be something like a friendly competition where they come up on their bye weeks and play a game against Bundaberg,” he said.
Cairns said a commitment to put a representative team on the Sunshine Coast would put extra pressure on Bundaberg clubs that are struggling for numbers.
“A team permanently in the competition might see an end to the current club structure and I don’t think there would be a lot of support for that,” Cairns said.
Current Wests Barbarians coach Nathan Williams is backing the idea to have integration between Bundaberg and Sunshine Coast.
“As it stands we probably won’t have four good teams for the winter competition,” he said.
“We’re better off merging the teams into one good team that can represent the region and compete in an elite competition and keep the Spring Cup at the end of the year.
“Spring Cup was that much better than the winter competition this year.”